As a Catholic Primary School, St Charles’ works hard to develop and sustain the school’s Catholic distinctiveness. We work in close partnership with Fr. James Benfield and the parish of St Charles, the west Hull parish as well as other schools in the Diocese of Middlesbrough: especially the family of schools in the St Cuthbert’s Catholic Multi Academy Trust. Our Directors represent Bishop Drainey and work tirelessly in order to nurture the school’s Catholic ethos and ensure faith is manifested through every aspect of school life.
We have daily collective worship in school either in classrooms or in the school hall when we gather together as a school family. Children also pray daily in their classroom which can take a variety of forms. Devotion to Our Lady is important to our community. Rosary is prayed in October and May as well as a weekly rosary club which all children are invited too.
Each classroom has a prayer space or ‘Sacred Space’ to enable children to explore faith and spirituality in a safe, creative and interactive way. Prayer is an integral part of the school day where all children are invited to participate in their own personal way. When possible, parents and carers are invited to join the children in prayer and acts of worship. “Stay and Pray” sessions are enjoyed across the school as well as phase liturgies at key times in the year.
Religious Education is the core subject at St Charles’ VC Academy and is timetabled weekly and 10% of teaching time is dedicated to R.E. As a Catholic School, Christianity forms the major study in Religious Education lessons but other world faiths are also taught across the year. We follow the “Come and See” syllabus for RE, however, faith and spirituality is explored throughout the curriculum.
We also have a duty to foster an accurate and increasing understanding of religions and world views. As a result, pupils will gain greater insight into the world in which they are growing up. They will also be able to appreciate the faith of others and develop a deeper understanding of their own beliefs and practices. These outcomes contribute to harmonious relationships within and between communities, promoting social inclusion and overcoming prejudice. We plan enrichment days to support the children with this and encourage our children to be good and positive citizens in the community in which they live as well as looking after our common home- The Earth.
At St Charles’ we work closely with the St Cuthbert’s Chaplaincy team to support both local and global charities and organises through fund raising and raising awareness of the vital work that they do.
We believe that the Catholic Education that we offer at St Charles’ develops the potential of each child. We share responsibility, along with parents and our parish community, for the education of our children and young people. This follows the African proverb of ‘it takes a village to raise a child’. Together we can bring God’s Kingdom here to Hull and help make bright futures for our children.